9/19/2019 3:30:00 PM Unbeaten Wildcats break into the top 10 rankings
Chisago Lakes 2, St. Francis 0 Kellie Higgins has developed the remarkable skill of being able to bend the ball into the net on corner kicks, and her skill has become a key offensive weapon for the Wildcat girls’ soccer team. The St. Francis Fighting Saints came marching into Lindstrom Tuesday, September 10 and Higgins scored twice on corner kicks to lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 win.
St. Francis was 3-3 on the season, but they were no pushover as two of their losses were against Burnsville and Anoka, two very tough teams. In the fifth minute, Higgins bent one in from the corner to give the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead. The Wildcats dominated the time of possession in the half, while the Saints played a defensive formation that made it difficult the Wildcats to find a clean shot on goal. The second half continued like the first, with the Wildcats dominating time of possession while the Saints camped out in a defensive formation. With 6:30 left in the game, the Wildcats were awarded another corner kick. And – who else – Higgins curled another one in off of the corner kick to double the lead to 2-0 and give the Wildcats some cushion as they closed out their sixth victory of the season.
Chisago Lakes 4, Esko 1 The Esko Eskomos fell victim to Kellie Higgins’ corner kick prowess last Saturday in Esko. Higgins again scored twice off corner kicks to help the Wildcats melt down the Eskomos 4-1. With the win, the Wildcats moved to 7-0 on the season.
The match got off to a physical start, but the Wildcats focused on the task at hand. In the tenth minute, Allison Glenna sent a beautiful ball through to the speedy Alyssa Hempel, who slipped it past the goalkeeper to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Not long after, Higgins scored off the corner kick to make it 2-0. Esko scored off an awkward bounce with five minutes left in the half to pull within a goal at 2-1. The Wildcats got that one back in the third minute of the second half when Higgins curled one in from the corner for her fifth goal of the season. The Wildcats dominated possession for the rest of the game. With ten minutes to go, Claire Meyer sent a ball up to Madison Kubalek for the finish to make the final score 4-1.
Soccer Stuff The undefeated Wildcats (7-0-0) are being noticed statewide. They are currently ranked ninth in the state, according to the Minnesota Soccer Hub website, and they are the only unbeaten, untied team in the top ten.
The Wildcats host Princeton tonight at Chisago Lakes High School at 6 p.m. On Saturday, they will head north for the third time this season, this time to Duluth to take on the Duluth Denfeld Hunters at 11 a.m. And next Tuesday, the Wildcats will head to Big Lake to play the Hornets at 6 p.m.